I arrived at the pond on Sunday afternoon with much on the agenda. My aspirations were to test the underwater turning radius using tractor steering and without. Also the same in the surfaced condition, and finally to get some video of the snort in operation. Then everything started to go away in a handbasket! First I lost the left drive(NO I DIDNT LOSE THE PROP
The nuts came loose on the gearbox causing the gears to go out of mesh. The solution is of course to reset them and locktite them. Then I started to lose depth keeping ability.The reason? To my utter shock.........This!
I lost the front part of the dive plane. HOW DID YOU LOSE IT? Dont ask, I think I forgot to put the screw in it.
I emailed Vladamir this morning and am awaiting a reply. All the video that was shot came out badly , my younger sons ability and desire are not there. On the positive side I did get it to turn rather sharply, that is before one of the rudders let go on the shaft. The shafts are stainless steel and are a snug fit inside the control surfaces so I drilled holes in the control surfaces and dripped thin CA into them but they keep coming loose. IM going to pull them apart and cut grooves in the shaft and open up the control surfaces and put in epoxy thus giving the deep six to that problem. Still having a problem with the stern planes jamming up. This I attribute to the control arm on the mechanism being too short, Ill pull it out and braze a longer one on it. WELL AT LEAST I DIDNT LOSE IT!
There are OLD pilots and there are BOLD pilots but there are very few OLD BOLD pilots. MAG